mother’s day Tag

Pamper breastfeeding moms with these breakfast in bed options

Breakfast in bed is the iconic Mother’s Day gift

Moms know better than anyone that food is love. That’s why we take the time to cut the crust off of sandwiches and to set the table for a healthy family dinner. That’s why a lot of mothers choose to breastfeed their babies for as long as possible. Breastfeeding is the ultimate act of food as love. A mother’s milk is the most nutritious source of vitamins and minerals a little one can get. Therefore, offering a nursing mom a healthy breakfast in bed is really the gift that keeps on giving. You’re giving her rest and nutrients, both of which can boost milk supply.

Which foods benefit breastmilk production?

Galactagogues is a fancy word that means milk-boosters.

And it probably comes as no surprise that your best bet when breastfeeding is to eat a healthy, balanced diet, including the following:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Animal and plant protein sources
  • Healthy fats, i.e., polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats

With that in mind, a perfect breakfast in bed for nursing moms might include something from each category. Take a look at some of our favorite suggestions and mix and match to suit the tastebuds of the mom in your life.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Spring is a great time to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet because there are so many delicious varieties in season. How about mixing up a fruit salad for mom with the following spring fruits:

  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Kumquats
  • Strawberries
     

    Fresh fruits are a great addition to a nursing mom’s breakfast.

Whole grains

Whole grains are a great source of fiber. They also contain nutrients important for keeping moms and breastfeeding babies healthy, such as B vitamins, iron, folate, and potassium. That makes oatmeal a perfect breakfast treat for moms. Try this delicious, lactation-boosting recipe for Oatmeal Stout Crockpot Coffee Cake from mom blogger The Leaky Boob.

These oatmeal stout crockpot cookies by mom-blogger The Leaky Boob are delicious and milk-boosting!

Animal and plant protein sources

Protein is a critical building block for new tissues and organs, making it a necessity for growing babies. Adequate protein intake also ensures mom’s body will recover from labor and delivery quickly. The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends nursing mothers get at least 65 grams of protein per day, or two to three servings. Try including one of the following in mom’s breafast in bed to get her off on the right foot:

  • Omelet, quiche, or other egg-based dish (extra points for adding spring vegetables like green onions and asparagus)
  • Smoked salmon
  • Nut butter on whole grain toast
  • Yogurt parfait with fresh fruit

Healthy fats

Dietary fats give your body energy and support cell growth, making them essential for breastfeeding moms. These healthy fats will help baby gain weight while aiding in brain development. Fortunately, a lot of the fruits and vegetables, protein sources, and whole grains also include a healthy amount of fat. The avocado on avocado toast, for instance, is about 77% fat, and 62% of the calories in eggs come from fat. However, you can also add a little dark chocolate to mom’s breakfast in bed to give her a daily dose of healthy fat, fiber, iron, and even antioxidants! Try this recipe for Dark Chocolate Apricot Lactation Cookies from Sunkissed Kitchen if you want to treat mom to cookies for breakfast.

Send us a photo of your favorite mom enjoying breakfast in bed!

We’d love to see the delicious meal you prepared for your favorite mom this Mother’s Day. Tag us on our Instagram account at @milknmamasbaby to show us.

child giving mother mother's day card and hug

Mother’s Day gifts every mama wants

I’ll tell you what we want, what we really, really want…

If we learned anything from the Spice Girls, it’s that what women really, really want isn’t always a diamond tiara or a four-star meal. Sometimes, what a woman wants is more practical, especially if the woman happens to be a mom. This Mother’s Day, pair your gift box with the princess treatment to leave overwhelmed, exhausted moms feeling truly loved.

Peace and quiet

Unless you’re a mom, it’s hard to appreciate how noisy motherhood is. By 10 a.m., you’ve heard your name repeated so many times, it doesn’t even register anymore. Then, there’s the banging of pots and pans, the honking of toy car horns, the squabbling of siblings, the never-ending inner monologue reminding you of all the things you’ve got to get done. A little peace and quiet can go a looooong way for a weary mama.

Personal space

Sometimes, being a mom can feel like being a coatrack. You’re balancing groceries on both arms, looping purses and diaper bags around your neck, and stowing toys in your pockets. You’re likely to have hands-free breast pumps tucked into your bra and small humans bouncing on your hips. Try giving mom a little personal space to stretch out – and not just those few minutes she steals in the bathroom.

Appreciation

Moms make adulting look so simple. It’s easy to forget how much of an effort it takes. Today, lots of moms are working full- or part-time jobs while still maintaining many of the responsibilities around the house. Moms are chefs, stewards, consultants, chauffeurs, personal shoppers, housekeepers, personal bankers – you name it, moms are doing it. Often, we’re doing it without much acknowledgment. Take a moment to let mom know that you see her and you see all that she does to keep the world running smoothly.

Pampering

How many times has mom brought you a snack? Run the bath water? Brought warm clothes fresh from the dryer? Scratched your back or kissed your boo-boos? Moms are in the business of pampering. How about a little reciprocation? Breakfast in bed. A scented bubble bath. Even an amateur manicure. There are dozens of ways to give mom the pampered treatment she deserves.

The perfect pump

If mom is nursing, nothing will make her day like the perfect pump. Breastfeeding is a rewarding act of love that offers babies the best possible nourishment while instilling a tender bond between mother and child. That being said, breastfeeding can also be exhausting and uncomfortable. A high-quality breast pump ensures mom is comfortable and relaxed while she’s pumping between nursing sessions. And like all the other ideas on this list, for most moms, the perfect breast pump is totally free. Why? Because the Affordable Care Act requires health insurance plans to provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. That’s right. Your health insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump, and at Milk N Mamas Baby, we offer the best breast pumps on the market.

Talk to our customer care representatives to find the right breast pump for your needs

We’re here and happy to help nursing moms find the best pump for their circumstances. Get in touch today to learn more.